CHICAGO — Between visits to Europe and New York, Kenneth Cole recently spent a few hours at Marshall Field’s State Street flagship here, promoting his new men’s and women’s fragrances.During the event — attended by close to 1,000 people, and which, according to industry sources, racked up more than $12,500 in fragrance sales — Cole offered his take on spring fashions, the vision for his fragrance and his future plans for the business bearing his name.On spring’s new looks: "There seems to be a return to femininity, which is really refreshing. People are feeling good about themselves and wanting to express that. Our own line is a little more girly with an urban edge, which we communicated through the accessories like the corset belt and square-faced watches."On launching men’s and women’s fragrances: "We can relate to the customer in a much more meaningful way and the marketing will help service the whole brand."On his goal for the scent: "I wanted it to be light, comfortable and refreshing, and not too overpowering."What’s next? "We’re introducing a children’s line under the Reaction label with boys first, then girls. And we’re looking into international opportunities. We’re opening some stores in London and looking to see where the product makes sense."
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim